DC Shoes presents: Nyjah Huston Fade to Black (Full Part)

Nyjah Huston’s highly anticipated full part from DC Shoes finally dropped. Dubbed Fade to Black, this hellbender is sure to leave you picking up your jaw. Highlights include multiple 18 stair hammers, 270s on damn near everything, and of course Nyjah’s signature smooth, consistent-yet-massive style.

Get ready, the SOTY predictions are already starting to pile up. Vote for Nyjah for Thrasher’s coveted 2013 SOTY title.

“This is 5 minutes of some of the gnarliest skateboarding in history.” – Thrasher Magazine

Check out Nyjah’s signature shoe from DC



Free Lunch with Stefan Janoski

In this exclusive RIDE Channel interview Stefan Janoski discusses the rumor surrounding “selling his name” to Nike, being mistaken as a sketchy longboarder by a cop, and saving Omar Salazar’s life.

Stefan’s signature Nike SB “Janoski” shoe.

Paul Rodriguez Leaving Plan B

Paul Rodriguez takes to Power 106 to discusses his departure from Plan B and along with his plans for the future. This ends P-Rod’s eight year stint with the Plan B. I’m excited to see where P-Rod ends up and salute him for making moves to “own a little bit more of his self”.

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Summer Skate Expo in Southern California

What is a “Skate Expo,” you ask?  It’s a huge, weekend-long event that includes skateboarding contests, professional autograph signings, concerts, and just some good old-fashioned fun!  Skate Expo will be going down in the San Fernando Valley on August 9th-11th.  The line up for skateboarders that are going to be there is absurd… Christian Hosoi, Ryan Sheckler, Guy Mariano, P-Rod, Theotis Beasley, and many, MANY more.  There are contests lined up for skateboarders of all ages and skill levels, including Street, Vert, and Bowl courses.  The professional skateboarders attending will be doing demos and autograph signings.  When the sun sets, there will be bands playing concerts for everyone to hear.  So basically, if you are in the San Fernando Valley area during August 9th-11th, attending should be a no-brainer!

2013 Summer Skate Expo

2013 Summer Skate Expo

Chima Week Over at Vans

Over at the Vans website they are doing this cool section called “Vans’ Rider Week,” where they dedicate a whole week to one of their team riders.  This week’s rider is Chima Ferguson, the Australian powerhouse.  Chima is the newest recipient of a pro model shoe from Vans, and is the first Vans rider to get his own shoe since Anthony Van Engelen in 2006.  If you ask me, that’s quite an honor!  Vans started off the week by posting a bunch of Chima’s past interviews.  I took a look through most of them, and it’s a really awesome way to see his progression throughout the years.  Day two (today) consists of a bunch of the Vans staff Photographer Anthony Acosta’s personal favorite photos of Chima.  Attached to every photo is the story behind the photo itself, which is always an awesome bonus.  I’m interested to see what Vans has in store for us during the week to come!!

Chima Ferguson Skateboard Mag Interview

Chima Ferguson Skateboard Mag Interview

Read Chima’s Past Interviews Here!

Also here is a little teaser of what Chima’s first pro model Vans shoe will look like.

Chima Ferguson's First Pro Model Vans Shoe

Chima Ferguson’s First Pro Model Vans Shoe

Available here at in mid July!

How to Choose the Right Skate Shoe

Click to browse our entire selection on skate shoes.While working the floor at local skateboard shop in Atlanta, I’d often get asked one simple question: What are the best skate shoes? The short answer is that there is no “best” skate shoe. It really depends on a lot of things. The trick is finding the best skate shoe for you. In order to do this, you must ask yourself what do I want out of my skate shoes?

Assessing your needs

A good place to start when it comes to hunting down the right skate shoe is assessing your needs. Do you need something durable and thick or do you demand something lighter and more breathable? Are you pursuing vert skating on a smooth ramp or are you learning kickflips in the driveway? Are you just cruising on flat or are you trying to stick that fake tré down the ten set? You’ll want to fine tune your shoes to each of these situations so figure out which ones you’ll be in the most. If your just starting out, let your ambitions guide you. Once you have figured out what you’ll be doing most of in your skate shoes, then you can move on to the selection process.

Choosing a shoe 

At this point in the game I’m sure you’re familiar with skateboarding’s growing disciplines. There’s vert, street, park, freestyle, downhill, etc. and each one of these sub-genres has its own unique demands for your feet (and subsequently your shoes). For example, advanced street skating often demands a lot of impact support from a shoe. These skaters usually opt for a thick, cupped sole shoe to dampen the shock of hard landings.

Click for more on the Koston 2 by Nike SB.

The Koston 2 from Nike SB is an ideal choice for street skating. It features a supportive cupped sole and a thick insole for hard landings. It also features a one piece toe box that adds increases durability (no stitches to rip).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, a downhill skateboarder will usually utilize a thinner, vulcanized sole to maximize board feel and grip. This can also be said for most longboarders.

CLick for more on the VANS Authentic skate shoe.

The Vans Authentic is a great choice for any longboarder or downhill skateboarder. It features a thin, grippy vulcanized sole and adheres to grip tape well. Its design also eliminates bulky padding and tongues, making it lightweight and easy to break in.

If you’re a skater who enjoys all aspects of skateboarding and desires an all-purpose skate shoe, seek out something that offers support and boardfeel. These shoes will often utilize a vulcanized or hybrid sole, but will also feature a padded tongue and reinforced materials for support and durability.

Click for more on the DC Anvil Skateboard Shoe

The Anvil by DC Shoes is a great multi-purpose skate shoe. If comes complete with a flexible, grippy vulcanized sole but still offers a great deal of support with its padded tongue and reinforced suede construction.

If you are one of those skateboarders with a heavy front foot or if you simply want to extend the life of your shoes, then durability may be the key feature to seek. From my experience the most durable skate shoes are the ones that are constructed out of reinforced suede, synthetic suede or “supersuede,” leather, or rubber. The most durable shoes will also usually feature lace protectors, thick laces, minimal stitching, and a cupped sole.

Click for more on the Sabre by Globe Shoes

The Sabre by Globe Shoes is a shoe made with durability in mind. It’s a leather shoe that is reinforced with TPR inserts at key “wear areas” and includes lacing options that minimize lace fraying. It also features a thick one-piece cupped sole that is likely to stay in tact for the majority of its life.


Skate shoe maintenance

Like most athletic shoes, skate shoes will often show signs of wear in heavy impact zones. A tried and true method of preventing or fixing rips and tears is Shoe Goo. It’s a pliable form of molten rubber that adheres well to anything…especially shoe components.

Another good idea when attempting to get the maximum amount of life out of your shoes is letting them air out everyday. Skateboarding is physically demanding and during the hot summer months your shoes become perspiration traps. It’s a good idea to let them fully air out between uses. This will also help curb any bacteria growth.

Where to buy skateboard shoes

Most cities in the U.S. and Europe will have a skate shop within driving distance. If this isn’t an option for you or if you’d like to have your shoes shipped directly to your door, give us a call at (866) 355-7463 or shoot an email to [email protected] Each member of our customer service team can guide you in the right direction when choosing a skate shoes and can also fill you in on international ordering and availability questions.

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What’s New?

In the last couple weeks while browsing the web, I came across a couple videos I wanted to share.  The First being a trailer for Nike SB’s second installment of their “SB Chronicles.”  This one should be pretty awesome, especially when they have Justin Brock, Theotis Beasley and Ishod Wair all in the same video!

The second video I came across is the new Mark Appleyard part that came out on Saturday on The Berrics.  It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from Mark Appleyard.  Who remembers his part from Flip’s video “Sorry”?  I sure do!  He was definitely one of my top 5 Favorite skaters for a long time.  Watching this part got me siked to get out of the house and go push around.  I got a feeling of relief knowing that Mark Appleyard was still out there going for it because for a while I thought he was out of the game or getting ready to retire.

Follow this link and watch Mark kill it!!

Watch Mark Appleyard’s New Part Here!!


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